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12:05 PM ET, November 8, 2011


 Top News: 
Dean Starkman / CJR:
Confidence Game  —  “The question that mass amateurization poses to traditional media is ‘What happens when the costs of reproduction and distribution go away?  What happens when there is nothing unique about publishing anymore because users can do it for themselves?’
Ben Dowell / Guardian:
Jeremy Hunt tried to delay broadcast of Panorama's Fifa exposé  —  Culture secretary understood to have called BBC director general about timing of broadcast ahead of 2018 World Cup vote  —  Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt personally intervened in a failed attempt to delay …
Michael Oneal / Chicago Tribune:
New twist in Tribune Co. bankruptcy case could benefit billionaire Sam Zell  —  Judge's finding for holders of certain notes could support recovery claims of company chairman  —  A bankrupcty court judge's ruling could mean that Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell, who engineered a leveraged buyout …
Discussion: and Poynter
Steve Myers / Poynter:
SC newspaper reporter proposes in column  —  “I'd like to tell you about someone very close to my heart,” writes reporter Nick McCormac at the beginning of a column published Tuesday.  “I promise you, it's worth your time to read through to the end.”  After describing how he and his girlfriend met …
Discussion: Item
Evan Hansen / Goes Creative Commons: 50 Great Images That Are Now Yours  —  From NIN Dazzles With Lasers, LEDs and Stealth Screens  — photographers have the enviable job of shooting the coolest stuff and most intriguing people in the technology world.  Now we're giving away many of those photos to you, the public, for free.
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
Max Mosley wins French privacy action against News of the World  —  NoW publisher to pay £32,000 after being found guilty of violating former F1 boss's privacy  —  The publisher of the News of the World has been ordered by a French court to pay £32,000 in costs and damages …
Joel Gunter /
Leveson rejects bid for police review of inquiry evidence  —  Lord Leveson has largely rejected a submission by the CPS and Met police calling for the police to make decisions about witnesses and evidence in his public inquiry  —  Lord Leveson, who is due to begin hearing evidence next week …
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
Josh Tyrangiel Means Business  —  Josh Tyrangiel has a preposterous mission: to convince readers that a weekly business magazine left for dead two years ago is now a must-read.  —  That would be challenging enough in a good market.  But in 2011, with print advertising still in crisis …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Business Insider
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Slim's Move Into Web TV Draws Protests of Piracy From Rival Billionaires  —  Carlos Slim, the billionaire banned from providing television service in his native Mexico, is offering shows for free on the Web, drawing protests from rivals wary of his influence in the market.
John Koblin / WWD:
The New Yorker Names Creative Director  —  ALWAYS A FIRST: Condé Nast's digital magazine design director Wyatt Mitchell has been tapped to become The New Yorker's first-ever creative director.  Mitchell, who has been the number two to Condé Nast's design guru Scott Dadich …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC to Air Documentary About Conrad Murray Trial Four Days After Guilty Verdict … Not long after Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in relation to the death of Michael Jackson came word that a documentary about the trial is already completed.
Discussion: and TVNewser
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Kelly Cobiella and Bazi Kanani Join ABC News  —  ABC News is on a talent hiring spree.  In addition to two local news anchors from Chicago set to join the network.  ABC News president Ben Sherwood has announced he is beefing up his international reporting staff with the hires of Kelly Cobiella …
Discussion: TVSpy
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Pat Buchanan's MIA From MSNBC While Promoting Controversial Book  —  NEW YORK — Pat Buchanan, the longtime conservative pundit, has been making the TV rounds in recent weeks promoting his latest book, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?”
Jonathan Pearlman / Telegraph:
Papua New Guinea reporter undergoes circumcision to get the scoop  —  A Papua New Guinea reporter who agreed to be circumcised with bamboo sticks to secure an interview with a group of jungle rebels has won a journalism award for “best scoop”.  —  The journalist, Simon Eroro …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gawker
Stephen Hull / The Huffington Post - UK:
Phone Hacking: Top 10 Must Read Stories Ahead Of James Murdoch's Committee Meeting  —  Phone hacking at News of the World has started to make its way back up the news agenda after a series of new revelations about the activities of journalists at the now defunct newspaper.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Demand Media's Bold New Strategy For eHow: Suck Less  —  No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public, said H.L. Mencken.  Maybe so, but in the third quarter, Demand Media lost $3.3 million doing it, and they know it, judging from the publisher's earnings call Monday.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Now, Breathe: Demand Media Beats Wall Street Expectation in Q3
Amir Efrati / Digits:
Twitter Looks to TV, Media Partnerships for Growth  —  Twitter is becoming a big star on TV-and now the online-messaging service wants to shine even brighter.  —  A growing number of TV shows such as Fox's “Glee” and PBS's “Nova” regularly direct their viewers to Twitter in order to view …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
At Sony Music, a Plan to Dominate the Industry  —  A huge self-portrait of Bono hangs in the Madison Avenue office of Doug Morris, the new chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment, and on a nearby table sit his snapshots, arm-in-arm with Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.
Discussion: Company Town
Michele McLellan / Knight Foundation:
Pittsburgh investigative news site launches, experiments with collaborative model  —  PublicSource, an investigative journalism organization that received seed funding as a Knight Community Information Challenge winner, launched Sunday with a report that college lands in Pennsylvania may be leased …
Discussion: PublicSource and Poynter
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Hollywood, Silicon Valley Inspire New Teen E-Book Publisher
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Dianne Festa Expands NBC News Duties
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Net Neutrality-Blocking Resolution Senate Vote Expected Thursday
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Michael Martinez / CNN:
Study: More women, traditional media are blogging
Discussion: Medacity
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Culture and Control: Murong Xuecun, Chinese Novelist, Pushes Censorship Limits
David Carr / New York Times:
Delicate Dance of Daytime
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Head of Google's Public Policy Operations Resigns
Discussion: Hillicon Valley
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
TumTiki Becomes Newest Destination for TV Shows and Movies on the Internet
 Earlier Picks: 
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Gannett local newspapers earning high ad rates from online video
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Beet.TV
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
News organizations can finally create Google+ pages
Jon Chesto / Mass. Market:
New online paywall could be reason for The Boston Globe's unusual gain in Sunday circulation
Discussion: Free Press and Poynter
Gayle Feldman / The Bookseller:
Barnes & Noble plans international Nook launch
Discussion: mocoNews and TechCrunch
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
If WikiLeaks is dying, then the NYT is partly to blame